I found a 91 year-old letter.
Remember my 101 year-old grandma? Her mother wrote it.
The letter traveled from Scotland to the U.S., where her husband and two oldest daughters were settling in before the rest of the family could join them.
She wrote to her second eldest daughter, and I am telling you, there is nothing like reading your great grandmother’s words to one of her daughters.
They are reassuring words. (Can you imagine being 15 and leaving your three little sisters and mom in another country? In 1921?)
They are insightful words. (You had to be 16 to work in America. Turned out, my great aunt would have to wait to contribute to the family income.)
They are revealing words. (Think nicknames she had for her girls and the family’s address in Scotland.)
Based on the way the letter is folded and the “To: Janny” on the outside, my guess is she sent one to her eldest daughter and her husband, too. I would love to have the other letters that were mailed along with this one.
All this to say…we are halfway through Project WriteItDown!
If you started in week one and haven’t written since, it’s not too late to join back in!
Remember my original hope for you?
The thing I’m most excited about is that at the end of this project (Dec. 24), you’ll have 20 weeks worth of something. And that’s a gift. Maybe you’ll even give the gift to the one you wrote about? Now that would be a Christmas gift to remember.
We have ten weeks behind us, and ten more to go. That means now is the time to write! Don’t quit. And if you did, join back in!
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